Rory Hancock creates distorted re-interpretations of classical paintings from art history.
Conceiving the idea during the 2020 pandemic, Rory Hancock was inspired by the way ideologies and beliefs that are seemingly fixed can easily become warped or confused. He notes that it struck him how “the notion that we could live through a modern-day plague would have seemed absurd until it happened”. This idea of twisting and contorting classical images reflects the thought that no truth is objective. In an age where we have more access to knowledge than ever before, Hancock’s work reminds us that we must call into question that which we think we know.
Born in 1987 in Swansea, Wales, Rory Hancock was interested in painting from a young age. Coming from a creative family, his grandfather was an established portrait artist who exhibited in museums across the country. Although he passed away before Hancock was born, as a young boy, the fledgling artist would copy his late grandfather’s paintings from an old catalogue, igniting his passion for painting. In 2005, Hancock undertook his art foundation at Swansea Art College, before going on to DeMontfort University, where he graduated with a BA Hons in Illustration and Graphic Design. Following his degree, he worked at Damien Hirst’s studio for six years, before leaving to pursue his own artistic career.
In 2016, Hancock had his first exhibition at 71a Gallery in Shoreditch with two other artists called Vermillionaire. Since then, Hancock has participated in group show both in London and beyond, with his work also being exhibited in Stainless Gallery in New Delhi, India.
This year, Maddox Gallery are delighted to be exhibiting his work for the first time in a group collection at our flagship location in Maddox Street.